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Noel Gallagher 'All Acoustic' New Album Incoming, Six Tracks Already Recorded

The High Flying Birds frontman told the Matt Morgan podcast: 'I'm looking forward to the challenge of seeing it through.'

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Noel Gallagher will release new music this year – and has said that it will be in the form of a wholly acoustic album.

Speaking on the Matt Morgan podcast, he also reassured fans that despite the stripped-back sound, the LP will “not all be me strumming a guitar with the same four chords and singing about the weather.”

The High Flying Birds frontman told Matt Morgan that it is not the first time he has tried to make an entirely acoustic album, adding “I’m doing it for the fans really”.

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Noel Gallagher has hinted that his fifth post-Oasis studio album will be entirely acoustic.

“I’ve had to take all the electronic equipment out of the studio… because I’ve tried to make an acoustic album three times, and every time [I’ve used the electronics],” he said. “So it’s just acoustic instruments in the studio – so instead of a bass it’ll be a double bass. That way I can say, ‘I’ve made an acoustic album, but it’s used all acoustic instruments.’ So it’ll not all be me strumming a guitar with the same four chords and singing about the weather.”

He also stoked speculation of a summer release by revealing that the album is already half-completed.

“I’ve got a CD with six (acoustic tracks) on it already,” he said. “There’s a song called ‘God Help Us All’, which is an old song from 2005, so when I was still in Oasis, but I never recorded it. But there is a demo of it when a load of EPs came out. Then there’s one that was bootlegged called ‘Just Let It Come Down Over Me’, which is quite country. I’ll do that, but the rest of it is all new stuff."

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Noel Gallagher's new album will be 'for the fans'.

He continued: “I’m looking forward to the challenge of seeing it through… as long as the melody and lyrics are good, it’s good. It is the essence of what every song is. There’s nothing you can do after that, you can’t [mess] it up.”

The news follows a brand new acoustic demo release, “In A Little While (Demo)” that he debuted via social media on New Year’s Eve. It was the fourth time Noel has released music over the holiday period in recent years, following “We’re Gonna Get There In The End (Demo)” on December 31, 2020, “Trying To Find A World That’s Been And Gone: Part 1 (Demo)” on January 1, 2022, and Christmas Eve 2022’s Abbey Rd string sessions from Council Skies.

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Releasing new music over the holiday period has become a tradition for Noel Gallagher.

Since leaving Oasis in 2009, Gallagher has released four albums with the High Flying Birds, the most recent of which, Council Skies, came out in June 2023 and was described by the songwriter as: “Going back to the beginning. Daydreaming, looking up at the sky and wondering about what life could be.”

That album received near-universal acclaim, with Rolling Stone declaring it to contain “some of the best songs of his post-Oasis career”, and the NME, “the brightest, most listenable collection of songs he’s pieced together in some time.”

Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds will be playing a series of huge dates this spring and summer, including a special gig for the Teenage Cancer Trust at the Royal Albert Hall on March 21. Reviewing the first date of his most recent arena tour, Q described the former Oasis songwriter as “brimming with confidence… in a set that served up swagger, poise and crowd-pleasing classics”.

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